Speed Bump

In life we encounter a lot of challenges.  A lot of them are related to our careers, some personal in nature.

The hardest challenges are those that are close to your heart – the personal ones.  These are the ones that leave a deep scar.  A scar that if it were a real scar and is on your skin you would be ashamed to show.

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Talk with the Boss

Tomorrow I’m going to be talking to the manager who mentioned the job opportunity in London or New York.

I have to admit that the chance to go to a new place intrigued me a lot but before I uproot myself I need to know more first about the role and what is expected of me.

Tomorrow is my last chance to talk to him because starting next week he will be based in London.

I hope he doesn’t forget that we’re going to talk.  He normally does forget things like that because of his schedule. 🙂


And the boss forgot that we’re supposed to talk.  I guess that means I’m taking my talents to…ok wait I’m not taking it anywhere because I’m staying in Singapore.

I really can’t complain that much because Singapore is a great country and this is my second home.  I owe a lot to this country for helping me grow up and to also provide for my parents’ wellbeing.  I hope Singapore still welcomes me even though I’m not a local.

BBQ with Friends

Last night I decided to cheat a little because for me spending time with friends is very important.

My friends and I had barbecue at a condo’s BBQ pit that one of them rented out for the night.  The food was good even if it’s high in cholesterol but that is okay.  Like I said, spending time with friends is very important.

Click on this link for the slideshow of our night filled with lots of food, some swimming, a birthday surprise that didn’t turn out to be a surprise that much (coz the birthday celebrant saw us preparing the cake) and a little game of Taboo.

London, New York or Singapore

Earlier today my boss informed me that our department head wanted to offer me a position in either London or New York.

The opening is for one of the newer projects and will require me to relocate to either of the cities – whichever I choose.

Don’t get me wrong…the opportunity to decide my future is great.  Not everyone can have that chance.  Either London or New York will be good for my experience and for my career.  The only problems I have with both cities are that they are both very far from home, the Philippines, and I don’t know a lot of people in both cities specially London.

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PEP Approval and My First Real Effort to Finish a 5KM

Today I received some good news.  My Personal Employment Pass or PEP got approved.  It’s a type of visa here in Singapore that will allow me some job flexibility.  This is one way for me to get rid of some stress from work.

Rumors are swirling around the office that the team I belong to will experience some budget cuts although I have a strong feeling it will not affect me it is better to be sure than be the loser.

The PEP is valid for a good five years compared to the ordinary Employment Pass (EP) which is valid for a year only (sometimes 2 or 3).  PEP is also not attached to any company which means even if I lose my job I can stay in Singapore and try to explore and take my chances in other companies.

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